YVCC's Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Shines at the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Yakima Valley Vintners Win 5 Golds and 1 Double Gold
Grandview Campus- Yakima Valley Vintners, YVCC's teaching winery, received 6 awards awards for their student crafted wines at the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival this month. Yakima Valley Vintners' 2013 Primitivo received a double gold medal, and their 2012 Campus Blend Red, 2013 Dean's List Tempranillo, 2013 Red Backpack Red Wine, 2013 Science Fair Carménére, and 2014 Easy A Chardonnay all received gold medals.
All wines submitted were judged blindly by a panel of prominent international wine professionals. YVCC student wines are included with all of the other commercial wineries during the competition. There were 84 wineries that competed this year, and over 428 wines were judged.
These award winning wines, submitted by Yakima Valley Vintners, were produced by students completing course work in YVCC's Vineyard & Winery Technology program. The wines are marketed through the program at YVCC's Grandview Campus which houses a teaching winery facility and tasting room. Students managed all aspects of producing these wines from grape to glass.
"The students work diligently together as a team to form the final blends, and it is great to see how their career passion translates into the finished product," stated YVCC Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball.
The Tri-Cities Wine Festival began in 1979 as a fundraiser for a new copier for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau. However, it was also envisioned as a vehicle for promoting Northwest wines, and the Tri-Cities as a tourist destination. The festival was modeled after the Seattle Wine Festival and was originally held in July during Water Follies. The event featured over 40 wines from 13 Northwest wineries. In 1990 the Tri-Cities Wine Society assumed sponsorship. Through the help of several area supporters, the Society received enough seed money to continue the festival. The festival has continued each year, and as the Pacific Northwest wine industry has grown and changed, so has the festival. In 2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival moved to its current location at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the YVCC Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: www.yvcc.edu/wine or call 509.882.7007.
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Festival information provided by: http://www.tricitieswinesociety.com/meet-tri-cities-wine-festival.html
Complete Listing of 2015 Awards: http://www.tricitieswinesociety.com/uploads/1/0/7/9/10795970/2015_awards.pdf